Terminal Games and a Question

in Mac Software edited January 2014
I haven't seen this posted here before, and I just stumbled across it on the web...

In Terminal, type emacs,

press enter,

press esc,

type x,

then type either tetris or snake

press enter

I did a search and came across this thread which is a discussion about "Emacs" and mentions these games in passing.

So now my question is, what is this Emacs thing?


  • Reply 1 of 2
    baumanbauman Posts: 1,248member
    It's an absolutely wonderful terminal based text editor.

    However, it does take a little while to get used to all the key-bindings... but the advantage is that once you master them, they work in Cocoa apps, too.

    To get a good idea of what it can do, take a look at the tutorial. To get it going, type emacs at the command line, and then type "CNTRL-h" and then a "t". This will get you to a tutorial screen and they'll take it from there.

    There are even more games, too. Once in emacs, type F10 (Or, if you have expose enabled to F10, type ESC and then ` ). Now, type t for tools, and then g for games. That gets you to something that looks like this:


    5==>5x5 a==>Adventure

    b==>Blackbox g==>Gomoku

    t==>Towers of Hanoi l==>Life

    m==>Multiplication Puzzle s==>Snake

    S==>Solitaire T==>Tetris

    r==>Random Quotation z==>Zone Out

    Have fun.
  • Reply 2 of 2

    Originally posted by SledgeHammer

    So now my question is, what is this Emacs thing?

    emacs is one of the great unix text editors, but don't think that it's just a text editor. The icon for emacs in some graphically enabled versions is an overflowing sink, which more or less captures what emacs has to offer. There's a whole body of history/lore/jokes about doing just about anything that you might want to do on a computer in emacs. It's a whole wide world.

    See here for a good start: http://en2.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emacs
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